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It | [Stephen King]

It

They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.
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Publisher's Summary

They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

©1987 Stephen King (P)2010 Penguin

What the Critics Say

"The amazingly prolific King returns to pure horror, pitting good against evil as in The Stand and The Shining. Moving back and forth between 1958 and 1985, the story tells of seven children in a small Maine town who discover the source of a series of horrifying murders. Having conquered the evil force once, they are summoned together 27 years later when the cycle begins again. As usual, the requisite thrills are in abundance." (Library Journal)

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    Jeffrey 04-23-12
    Jeffrey 04-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book but longer than it needed to be...."

    This is a great book and the narrator is fantastic!! The story itself is much longer than it needed to be and I found it switching from 1958 to 1985 too frequently--and often in the middle of a sentence--which made it challenging to follow. While the story of 1958 was very helpful, I feel too much emphasis was placed there that detracted from the "present-day" piece. Overall, a very enjoyable story and the narrator made it even better!

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    Shannon Dallas, TX, United States 04-23-12
    Shannon Dallas, TX, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    "So Much Scarier then the Movie!!!"
    What did you love best about It?

    I have been afraid of this movie for as long as I can remember! Well I know the book is always better then the movie and I couldn't imagine how it could get any scarier then the movie, oh but it did! I love the fact that I can not listen to this book when I am home alone at night.


    What about Steven Weber’s performance did you like?

    Steven Weber's performance was wonderful! I thought he did a great job reading this book, he did wonderful with the mood of the story and the different voices of Richie.


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    Kay Peterson 04-22-12
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    "Who's hiding in the sewer?"

    "It" is one of my favorite Stephen King books and this a wonderful version. If you love Stephen King, this will be a valuable addition to your collection and if you've never listened to any of his work before, this is a fine place to start.

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    Christopher Holloway 04-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Book, Great Narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to It the most enjoyable?

    I was able to lose myself in this book. Compelling characters and a gripping story. I have listened to 64 audiobooks in this past 12 months and this is the best narrating performance I've heard. Thank you Mr. King and thank you Mr. Weber.


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    Rosanne Fairfield, CT, United States 04-12-12
    Rosanne Fairfield, CT, United States 04-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "It keeps you engaged the whole time."
    If you could sum up It in three words, what would they be?

    Fun scary charming


    What did you like best about this story?

    It reminds us that our imagination is vital to our survival especially as an adult.


    Have you listened to any of Steven Weber’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Steven Weber is the best performer of audio books I've ever listened to. Just outstanding! It's the first time I have heard him but it won't be the last. He has such range of emotion and excellent characterization; I completely forgot it was just one person reading it.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the sewer..."


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    Paul Las Vegas, NV, United States 04-07-12
    Paul Las Vegas, NV, United States 04-07-12 Member Since 2011

    I am constantly on the road and a voracious reader, so audiobooks are a must!

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    "Can't sleep - Pennywise will eat me!"

    This is the book that made us all fear clowns forever. Steven Weber does an excellent job capturing the melancholy, fear, terror, and horror that is this book. He is excellent as the individual members of the Losers' Club, and terrifying as the contemptuous horror that is Pennywise.

    Stephen King truly captures the child's primal fear of clowns and brings it to a whole new level for adults. Arguably one of his best works, this tale reminds the reader of the power that fear and imagination and belief can hold over one's life. It is a tale of friendship, of loss, of grief, of revenge. It tells of an unspeakable horror with nothing but contempt for humanity living under the streets of Derry, Maine. And it tells of what happens when a group of friends, bound by circumstance, stand together and believe they can do anything.

    If you've never read this book, remedy that immediately. Stephen King is a master storyteller and tells a masterful story with this book.

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    Komodo Manchester-by-the-sea, MA, UUSA 04-07-12
    Komodo Manchester-by-the-sea, MA, UUSA 04-07-12 Member Since 2014

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Amazing plot anda great narrtion"

    very good story scary as s--t and a great narrtor the a little long but it was still very good

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    Chris Adomaiits 03-30-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Pretty good Story"

    Not my most favorite King story (The Shining and The Gunslinger are more my speed), but still a pretty good one. They finally got a good King narrator (I missed Frank Muller), so I look forward to hearing more books narrated by George Guidall.

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    Jeff Pickering, Ontario, Canada 03-15-12
    Jeff Pickering, Ontario, Canada 03-15-12 Member Since 2014

    54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.

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    "Worthy but......"

    While I thought this was a great stephen king novel on one level, it very unforturnatly has a couple of large draw backs that cant be overlooked. Firstly let me say that I like very long books, but their are times when that length is a resault of overstreatching the storyline beyond reason, and Im VERY sorry to say that this is surly the case with this novel. Im very sorry to say this because Ive come to love stephen king books and this would have been one of the best had it contained itself within the parameters of the story. Unfortunatly it has been streatched to the point of breaking. The overall cadence of the story was ruined.
    The ending is so utterly and ridiculously over-stretched that the last three hours seem to make up the very end of the book. I would bet that king didn't want it to end. I think he was so in love with his characters that he didn't want to let them go. . So... am I saying you should pass this one by? No.... Not really. it is surly credit worthy and it is a great story and the narration is utterly fantastic,in fact, if it wasn't for the narration forgetaboutit. Just keep in mind it is really long winded at times.
    I cant blame king for this never ending story, you get so into these characters that many readers will have just as hard a time letting them go as he did.
    I happened to come across a very old 1980's vcr copy of the made for tv movie of the story the day after I finished the book- WIERD eh! It was really, really bad. Dont buy it!

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    "Wish I Would Have Read This 20 Years Ago"
    Would you consider the audio edition of It to be better than the print version?

    I can't say since I didn't read it, but I can't see how it could get better. Steven Weber is in my opinion after listening to 35 audio books, the best narrator I've heard by a long shot. He was completely awesome...... Every character was spot on. You never had to wonder which character was talking. The book was fantastic and Steven Weber just made it that much better.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course Bill was my favorite because he was the hesitant leader of the crew. He never asked for the title, but he embraced it the way any natural leader does.


    Who was the most memorable character of It and why?

    Georgie is my most memorable character. You'll understand as you listen. He's a huge source of Bill's strength and drive throughout the book. Also, the way Steven Weber says


    Any additional comments?

    The combination of a really great book and Steven Weber's reading of

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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